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At this point we should all be aware that Bond 23 has finally been given the green light, and will feature the return of Daniel Craig as James Bond 007, and will be directed by Sam Mendes. Much of the internet buzz speaks of the return to the glory of Casino Royale (2006) while leaving Quantum of Solace (2008) a distant memory. I agree that Casino was a far superior movie, but let’s not discount Quantum completely.
Some positives included:
- Awesome car chase scene at the beginning with a sweet Alfa Romeo chasing Bond in his sweeter Aston Martin.
- Strawberry Fields.
- The airplane chase.
- Daniel Craig sporting Tom Ford.
- Sick MI6 technology (which unlike in old movies, actually made sense for the time.)
- Believable story line – why wouldn’t a sinister organization try to bribe a dictator?
I am excited to see what Sam Mendes will bring to the mix. The countdown to November 2012 has begun…I just realized I will be 35 when this movie is released…geez.
Once I find an appropriate countdown clock it will be installed on this page. And for more on my James Bond obsession check out my newest Tumblr appropriately titled 00 by clicking here or on the photo at the top left of the page.
I tried to channel Charles Bukowski Wednesday night at Cornichon in Williamsburg for the second installment of Parapluie Creative Series. Readers included Everyone Comes From Belterra author, Deji Olukotun, poet John Korduba, and three outstanding musical acts Greg Potter, Eli Browne, & COULON. I read two short pieces – short stories/essays/poems (according to some) called A Mile Over Minnesota & I Got You written from the point of view of one of my cats. I got some good laughs for both pieces. Thanks to everyone who came down to support.
A reader posted the comment, It will be easy to make spoofs based on Quantum of Solace… every where he goes he breaks glass and he can’t get a gallon of milk from the store without it turning into a chase scene.
The irony in this is yesterday I went to Trader Joe’s on Court Street to buy a gallon of milk (among other things), and as I was preparing to grab a jar of chopped pecans a gun shot rang out exploding glass and chopped pecans all over the place. A young mother screamed, and some guy with skinny jeans and a mullet continued on shopping oblivious to the scene (probably blasting Death Cab for Cutie through his iPod). I turned to see my arch enemy, Mr. Tool running towards the door. I gave Kristina some cash, and bolted after him, knocking over five empty strollers in the process. I chased him out the door onto Court Street and up Dean Street. I was gaining momentum, and at Smith Street he ducked into Bar Tabac. I followed, and found him sipping a Kronenbourg and smoking an American Spirit cigarette. He wore large plastic sunglasses, and thought he was well disguised. Sure, he looked like most people in Bar Tabac, but I knew it was him. I grabbed Mr Tool by his shirt, broke a glass over his head and asked him why he would waste pecans like that. He didn’t answer me though as he was dead – most likely from smoking rather than the tiny glass shard in his eye socket. I dropped the body, and walked outside where Kristina was waiting with our groceries. My Tom Ford suit was in perfect condition despite all the running, jumping, and violence. We walked back to our Aston Martin and drove home.
I guess the ironic part of that dumb story was that to someone who walked into Quantum of Solace expecting them to top Casino Royale in story, action, comedy, and length would have been in for a big surprise. This movie was considerably shorter than any of its’ predecessors. It was also a lot darker. Pierce Brosnan couldn’t have pulled this one off – Connery may have been able to.
The movie starts with a car chase outside of Sienna, Italy. Bond wrecks his Aston Martin. He arrives at his destination with Mr. White in tow. A chase scene follows shortly after with Bond in pursuit of another character on foot. They climb over rooftops, jump through windows, etc, all the while his suit is in perfect condition. Tom Ford outfitted Craig for this movie,(the first movie where Bond is not wearing Brioni, and also the first where we see him in a pair of jeans) and while these suits are super expensive I plan to buy one. These suckers don’t rip!
Characters from Casino Royalereturn, and new ones are introduced. The villains are creepier. The action scenes are shot more artistically. There are more closeups. The technology used is totally cutting edge.
Some will not like this movie. I am not part of that camp. I love it. It was different, I won’t lie. I wasn’t expecting another Casino Royale. I’m glad it wasn’t. I may even consider seeing it in the theater again just so I can understand certain parts a little better.
Ok, so I know I never post anymore. I’m busy, and working on my fiction, and to be quite honest I have very little to write about. Why write everyday if there isn’t anything to say? I am, however quite impressed that I’m still getting hits considering I haven’t posted in nearly a month.
What I am excited about now, however is Friday’s release of James Bond 007 in Quantum of Solace. For those of you who know me you know I am a huge Bond fan, and think Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever! Argue if you wish, but I stand by my conviction.
I will see the movie this Friday night along with Kristina and some friends after which we plan to discuss the movie over some steaks.
For now, you may check out Daniel Craig’s interview on The Today Show with Matt Lauer.